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Prospectus 2012


Chairman of the Board of Governors: Dr L. Proudfoot BA PhD Principal: Dr D. Barr, BSc PhD MEd Senior Vice-Principal: Dr L.B. Finch BSc ADE EdD MEd PQH Vice-Principal: Dr C. Greer, BSc PhD PGCE PQH Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator: Miss P. Kinsella, BA PGCE Principal’s Secretary: Mrs S.J. Johnston

Welcome to Bloomfield Collegiate School It gives me great pleasure to introduce Bloomfield Collegiate School to you. As you read through the Prospectus I hope that you gain a sense of the ethos of Bloomfield Collegiate and appreciate the breadth of opportunities offered to girls at the School. We pride ourselves on being a community in which each individual is recognised and valued. We strive for a friendly atmosphere within a culture of strong pastoral care and a positive working environment. We have an excellent academic record and our pupils demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning. We value music, sport, drama and extracurricular activities which include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Engineering Education Scheme. We are committed to developing each pupil’s full potential in the broadest sense in preparation for university, the world of work and life in general. We expect our pupils to develop social responsibility and respect for others and the environment. We believe our school has a unique atmosphere which reflects our main aim of “Excellence in a Caring Community.” Thank you for taking the time to explore what our School has to offer and I look forward to meeting you at one of our Open Days or any other time convenient to you. Please contact me if you have any questions about the educational provision at Bloomfield Collegiate School.

D. Barr Principal

Voluntary Grammar School for Girls Age Range: 11 - 18 years

Enrolment: 710 Day Pupils

Admissions Number: 100


General Information

Open Days Friday 27th January 2012 7.00pm – 9.00pm Saturday 28th January 2012 10.00am – 12.00pm

Bloomfield Collegiate School has a long and cherished tradition as a caring school. Its size is such that each girl is known as an individual, and can therefore be assured of care and attention. Not only does this give a strong feeling of community but it also provides a supportive environment which allows each girl to develop poise and self-confidence. Most classes comprise between 18 and 27 pupils, so enabling the teacher to give individual help when required. The School is committed to high standards in academic work, music and drama, sport and games, community involvement, behaviour and appearance. Bloomfield Collegiate School is situated in Astoria Gardens, off Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT5. While it is most conveniently located for public transport, both local and North Down area, the grounds are pleasant and quiet.

or by appointment with the Principal

Contents Curriculum The School Curriculum ...........................................................................................1 Homework and Study ..............................................................................................1 ICT @ Bloomfield ...........................................................................................................1 Partnership with Parents .......................................................................................2 Careers Guidance ........................................................................................................2 Religious Education ...................................................................................................2 Pastoral Pastoral Care .....................................................................................................................2 Community Involvement and Education for Mutual Understanding ......................................................2 The House System ........................................................................................................3

Statement of Intent

Substance Use and Abuse ................................................................................3 Pupils with Special Educational Needs ................................................3 School Discipline ..........................................................................................................3

OUR SCHOOL AIM IS: Excellence in a Caring Community. OUR PURPOSES ARE:

General Provision of School Meals and Other Refreshments .............3 Sport ...........................................................................................................................................3 Music and Drama ........................................................................................................4 Clubs and Societies ..................................................................................................4

to communicate knowledge; to promote ideas and vision; to develop self discipline; to prepare for the future; and to make learning interesting and enjoyable. OUR VALUES ARE: Honesty; Compassion; Tolerance; Courtesy; and Determination. OUR STANDARDS We will, at all times, endeavour to: maintain the highest educational standards; perform responsibilities with integrity, common sense and sound judgement; manage the school affairs in a professional manner, seeking the opinion of the school staff, parents and pupils; introduce change when necessary and appropriate; and continue to strive for the best interests of all connected with Bloomfield Collegiate School.

The School Day ..............................................................................................................4 The School Year ............................................................................................................4 School Leavers’ Destinations ............................................................................4 School Regulations ...................................................................................................5 Uniform Regulations .................................................................................................6 - 7 Transport ...............................................................................................................................8 School Fees .......................................................................................................................8 Charging and Remissions Policy (summary) .................................9 Access to Documents and Information ...............................................9 Examination Results Public Examination Results ..............................................................................10 Performance in Public Examinations .....................................................10 GCSE ........................................................................................................................................11 A-Level .....................................................................................................................................11 AS-Level ..................................................................................................................................22 Key Stage 3 ........................................................................................................................12 Admissions Criteria Year 8 ............................................................................................. ............ .............................13-14 Special Circumstances ............................................... ............ ..............................15 Special Provision ..........................................................................................................15-16 Applications and Admissions ...........................................................................16 Education and Library Boards ........................................................................16 Years 9 - 11 ........................................................................................................................17 Year 13 ......................................................................................................................................18


The School Curriculum

Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Drama, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, Government & Politics, Geography, German, Health & Social Care, History, Home Economics, ICT, Technology, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Physics, Religious Studies, Spanish and Technology.

Central to the success of our school is high quality teaching and learning and a rich varied curriculum designed to enable individual students to reach their full potential. Students are provided with a stimulating educational experience. The acquisition of knowledge and skills is celebrated and enhanced by challenging students to think for themselves. We equip all girls with the desire and skills for life-long learning, and a respect for study and self-improvement essential for success in a competitive workplace.

Most subjects follow Northern Ireland CCEA specifications, with the exception of Modern Foreign Languages and Media Studies which use AQA specifications, and Health & Social Care and Drama which use Edexcel specifications. In addition, some students complete the CCEA Certificate of Personal Effectiveness and the Edexcel BTEC in Performing Arts. Our provision at this level is enhanced with At Key Stage 3 (Years 8-10), the School follows the collaboration between neighbouring schools in the East requirements of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. In addition, Belfast Area Learning Community enabling students to the School embraces aspects of a wider curriculum central to the development of our girls as confident, well-educated, access other accredited courses. The Sixth Form also attracts students from other schools who wish to avail of self-disciplined effective students. In Year 8, pupils study the high-quality educational and co-curricular experience the following subjects: we offer. Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geography, History, Home Economics, ICT, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Homework and Study Physical Education, Physics, Religious Studies and Technology. Effective study routines lead to high levels of achievement. Pupils are encouraged and enabled to enhance learning In Year 9, German and Spanish are introduced into the both during the school day and after school. The School curriculum. At the core of the Key Stage 3 Curriculum is provides library facilities for study from 3.30 pm to 5 pm the development of Thinking Skills and Personal Monday to Thursday, and 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm on Friday. Capabilities and the Cross-Curricular Skills of This safe, quiet learning environment allows pupils to Communication, Using Mathematics and ICT. These skills develop independent study skills and self-discipline. are developed and assessed across the curriculum. Homework is an essential part of the education programme and will take a variety of forms. Year 8 pupils may be asked to complete homework tasks which take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. As pupils progress through the school, homework tasks and self-study will demand a long period of time for completion.

In addition, Learning for Life and Work delivers aspects of Employability, Citizenship and Personal Development essential to broaden the curriculum provision. In Key Stage 4 (Years 11 & 12), pupils follow their GCSE courses. The core curriculum at this level comprises: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Single Award Science), Physical Education, Religious Studies and Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish and German).

ICT @ Bloomfield

Information and Communications Technology, ICT, is an integral part of school life enhancing the effectiveness of learning. The School is committed to utilise all emerging technologies to interest, motivate and facilitate our learners. We are committed to enhance experiences with electronic resources and electronic learning environments. Our jewel Additional Mathematics, Art & Design, Astronomy, Child in our crown is a superb suite of 70 computers in our Development, Dance, Geography, History, Home Learning Centre offering unrivalled common access for Economics, ICT, Journalism, Music, GCSE Physical research, presentation and communication purposes. In Education and Technology. addition, three dedicated ICT laboratories enable ICT to be Students usually take up to eleven subjects depending on delivered as a discrete subject at all levels of the curriculum resulting in pupils skilled in the use of ICT their individual career pathway. However, some students may complete up to thirteen GCSE subjects. Most subjects applications. ICT will remain as a priority of the School Development Plan keeping this constantly changing follow Northern Ireland CCEA specifications, with the aspect of school life modern and relevant to the needs of exception of Music, P.E. and Dance which use AQA our pupils. specifications, and Astronomy which uses the Edexcel specification. In addition, students select subjects which particularly interest them and will enable a particular career path. Subjects to choose from include:

The vast majority of students continue to Advanced Level. Students follow a two year programme (Years 13 & 14) and students choose three or four A Level subjects from a wide range including:

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Partnership with Parents Parents and schools working in partnership improve pupil achievement. The School is committed to keeping parents fully informed of all school policies, school organisation, and curricular matters and with particular emphasis on their daughter’s progress. Further, the School is committed to keeping parents fully involved in the organisation and corporate life of the school through events, seminars, meetings, open days and consultations and to encourage them to make an active contribution to the school. A school calendar is published every year with supplementary calendars issued when appropriate. An assessment and reporting schedule is issued at the beginning of the academic year for each year group. Concerns of parents with regard to the curriculum are addressed immediately and these concerns should be relayed to the Principal or to Dr Greer, the Vice Principal with responsibility for the Curriculum. If a circumstance should arise where a matter is not satisfactorily resolved, the parent should then put the complaint in writing to the Board of Governors.

Careers Guidance Considerable importance is attached to career advice and guidance throughout the school. A comprehensive and structured careers programme is embedded in the development of all pupils but intensifies at major decisionmaking points in their careers. Pupils are facilitated to identify their strengths, decide what contribution they would like to make to society and what they would most like to understand in the world. They are encouraged to follow an individual career pathway, to study subjects which inspire their character, to map out a route through to university or to the workplace as appropriate and on to a successful and satisfying career. The vast majority of Bloomfield pupils have gone on to university and a number to Oxford or Cambridge.

Pastoral Care As a school Bloomfield is not large. This means that each girl is known to the majority, if not all, members of staff, thus giving a strong sense of community. Regular Assemblies are held, including Form and House Assemblies. In each of Years 8 to 12 girls are divided into groups of 20-25 and each group is the responsibility of a Form Teacher. In both Year 13 and Year 14 girls are assigned to a tutor group and each Tutor has responsibility for approximately 18-20 girls. In Bloomfield, Form Teachers, Heads of Year and Sixth Form Tutors have a key role to play in the organisation of the school. They have a responsibility for the academic progress of the girls under their care, for the girls’ pastoral well-being (which often has a direct bearing on academic progress) and for maintaining standards of behaviour and appearance by which the school is judged. Form Teachers are the first point of contact for parents/guardians and particularly if they wish to make known any concerns they have about their child’s safety or welfare. Classes are usually unstreamed. Parents are consulted where options are offered. Written reports are sent to parents twice yearly and Parents' Meetings are held regularly to provide the opportunity for full discussion with form and subject teachers about the progress of individual pupils. All girls are required to do homework. It is an essential part of the School's programme. The amount will not be more than one and a half hours per day in the first year, but will develop a pattern, increasing to more prolonged study for girls preparing for GCSE and Advanced Level examinations.

Community Involvement and Education for Mutual Understanding

Pupils glean information from an extensive school Careers Library, attending careers conventions and talks, and through individual interviews with dedicated, trained careers advisors. In addition, pupils are coached in Pupils in Bloomfield Collegiate School are actively interview techniques, advised through application encouraged to participate in community outreach processes, prepared for work experience opportunities and projects. There is a long established link with Tor supported when examination results are published. Bank School with pupils from each school participating in weekly drama classes at Bloomfield. Religious Education Pupils from Bloomfield also act as mentors at events in Tor Bank School. Pupils in Year 13 participate in Community Service through volunteer work in local Religious Education is provided as stated in the charity shops and care homes. Curriculum Policy. Courses are broadly based and nondenominational. Pupils in Year 10 now study Judaism and The School also participates in citizenship projects Islam. In Years 11 and 12 pupils are prepared for such as the Red Cross Justice and Fairness examination in the Northern Ireland General Certificate of Competition as well as Dissolving Boundaries which Secondary Education Syllabus in Religious Studies. In focuses on cross-border education for mutual Years 13 and 14 pupils may choose to study for the understanding. Northern Ireland Advanced Level or AS Level examination in Religious Education. Collective worship in Assembly is The School is working closely with local schools non-denominational. through Kids In Control theatre company developing contemporary drama pieces. A parent/guardian of a pupil may request that the pupil should be wholly or partly excused from attendance at Religious Education classes or collective worship or from both. In such cases, until the request is withdrawn, the pupil shall be excused from such attendance in accordance with the request. 2


period after school, or she may be suspended from school for a number of days. Penalties can range from mere admonishment at one extreme, to a girl's dismissal from school at the other extreme.

The House System To encourage girls to take a full part in the games and activities of the school, to provide a smaller focus of loyalty within the school and to give the opportunity to a larger number of girls to exercise responsibility and leadership, girls are allocated to Houses - Clarke (named after a former senior mistress and benefactor), Curran, Spencer and Walker (named after former Headmistresses).

The school rules are intended to ensure that school life runs in an orderly, efficient manner. Parents are provided with a copy of these rules and the School Behaviour Policy upon their daughter’s admission to the school.

Substance Use and Abuse

Provision of School Meals and Other Refreshments

The study of substance use and abuse is an integral part of the Personal and Social Education Programme. It aims to allow girls to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills which enable them to consider the effects of substances such as tobacco, alcohol and medicines and other drugs on themselves and others and to make informed and healthy decisions about the use of such substances.

A cash cafeteria system operates at break and lunch time each day for those pupils who wish to avail themselves of the wide selection of hot and cold dishes. Junior pupils who prefer to bring packed lunch to school are also accommodated in the dining hall. Mineral water is available.

Pupils with Special Educational Needs

Pupils in Years 13 and 14 are permitted to make use of shops in the immediate vicinity of school at lunch time. Free school meals are available for those pupils whose families are in receipt of Family Credit or Income Support, or whose circumstances are such that they are entitled, according to DENI regulations, to a remission of charges in this respect.

Pupils who have been identified as having difficulties with Maths and/or English are offered Peer Education. In consultation with the SENCO, Head of Department, Head of Year and Form Teacher, other departments will implement strategies to help pupils with specific learning difficulties, as required.

Sport Elevators have been installed in three main buildings for pupils with mobility problems and the First Aid Co-Ordinator is available to assist pupils with specific medical conditions. We have a long and proud tradition of sporting achievement. The school aims to provide opportunities for Where a particular special need is identified, in consultation all girls to experience and enjoy a wide range of physical with parents, an appropriate adjustment to the curriculum of activities. Girls are encouraged to develop lifelong skills the individual pupil may be considered. and dispositions to maintain personal fitness and health. Pupils are also encouraged to make an active contribution A copy of the School’s Special Educational Needs Policy is to team and individual inter-school competitive activities. available to parents upon written request to the Principal’s Success, commitment and progress are recognised Secretary. through annual awards and prizes. School Discipline

Pupils participate in a wide variety of recreational and competitive sports including: Aerobics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Rounders, Squash, Swimming, Table-Tennis and Volleyball.

In the matter of discipline, all staff strive to encourage and foster high standards within the school and to promote a healthy attitude of self-discipline in each girl. The philosophy of the school is to offer positive standards to girls and to seek to change unacceptable behaviour by example and persuasion. It is inextricably linked not only with the stated curriculum but also with all those factors of attitude and ethos which are part of the 'hidden curriculum'.

The sporting facilities and resources within the school campus include a large modern purpose built Sports Hall, a gymnasium and synthetic tennis courts. This year we have extended our athletics training facilities with a new long-jump pit and shot-put area. The school also makes wide use of local sporting facilities including Civil Service hockey pitches, the Campbell College Pool and numerous leisure centres. In addition, there are many sporting trips including a recent Hockey and Netball tour of Hong Kong, a Tennis trip to London, Ski tours and residential visits to Ardnabannon.

Disciplinary matters are dealt with by individual teachers. Where a girl's progress or behaviour gives cause for greater concern, the matter is referred to the girl's Form Teacher and in more serious cases, to the Head of Year or a senior member of staff. A girl may be placed on Special Report for one or more weeks, she may be placed in a detention 3


Music and Drama The School has a long and extremely successful tradition in the development of the performing arts. Music and Drama are delivered through the taught curriculum and as a significant part of the extra-curricular programme. The Music Department provides opportunities for all pupils to enhance their musical abilities. There is an extensive tuition scheme and pupils are successfully facilitated through grade-examinations. Throughout the school year, choirs and orchestral groups give dazzling performances at concerts, services and events. The numerous musical ensembles include the Concert Band, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Collegiate Choir, Recorder Consort, String Orchestra and the prestigious Collegium Ensemble. Something for everyone! Drama is a diverse and dynamic pursuit enabling pupils to display their talent through witty, insightful and extremely confident performances. House competitions provide opportunities for pupils of all abilities to participate in backstage and onstage roles in thoroughly entertaining productions. Through collaboration with Tor Bank School, pupils have gained a wide range of experiences and have performed in the Lyric Theatre. Our annual school productions are highly acclaimed and cater for all tastes.

Clubs and Societies The rich array of extra-curricular activities pursued by our pupils creates a vibrant, exciting community reflecting the variety of talent and interest which is nurtured in school. Our many clubs and societies offer some of the most valuable and memorable experiences of school life and all students are actively encouraged to participate. Students have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications and skills, and to develop leadership potential through participation in areas which include the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Sport, Engineering, Music, Dance, Drama and Astronomy. There are also peer-mentoring programmes, training older students to work with younger students in order to enhance the development of all participants. In addition, extra-curricular societies include, Craft Club, Community Service, Art Club, Geographical & Scientific Society, Public Speaking, Scripture Union, Green Club, Young Carers Group, Film Club, Bridge Club and Quiz Club.

The School Day Registration Assembly Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Break Period 4 Period 5 Period 6 Lunch Period 7 Period 8 Period 9

8.40 am 8.50 am 9.00 am 9.35 am 10.10 am 10.45 am 11.05 am 11.40 am 12.15 pm 12.50 pm 1.35 pm 2.10 pm 2.45 pm

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8.50 am 9.00 am 9.35 am 10.10 am 10.45 am 11.05 am 11.40 am 12.15 pm 12.50 pm 1.35 pm 2.10 pm 2.45 pm 3.20 pm

The School Year 2012/2013 (provisional) Autumn Term 2012 24 August (Year 8 only)

-

21 December

Bank Holiday

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27 August

28 August (all other year groups except Year 13)

21 December

3 September (Year 13 begin)

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21 December

Mid-term holiday

-

29 October - 2 November

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22 March 18 - 22 February

-

28 June 6 May

Spring Term 2013 7 January Mid-term holiday Summer Term 2013 8 April May day holiday

On 24 August, school begins at 9.30 a.m. for Year 8 and ends at 12.00 noon. On 28 August, 7 January and 8 April school will begin at 9.00 a.m. On 21 December, 25 January, 18 March, 22 March and 28 June school will end at 12.00 noon.

School Leavers’ Destinations YEAR 12

YEAR 13

YEAR 14

Number

6

10

92

Higher Education

0

0

85%

Further Education

50%

50%

14%

Employment

17%

10%

1%

Entered Jobskills

0

0

0

Entered a Modern Apprenticeship

0

0

0

33%

10%

0

Not known

0

20%

0

Seeking employment

0

0

0

Long-term sick

0

10%

0

Transferred to another school

4 Annual attendance rate

95%


School Regulations Attendance A girl who has been absent must, on returning, bring a note signed by parent/guardian stating the period and cause of absence. This applies also to unforeseen and unavoidable absence. In cases of anticipated absence, pupils must bring a written request several days in advance to the Form Teacher. No appointment during School hours should be made for a girl without the previous consent of the Principal. No girl may leave School before the regular time without obtaining the permission of the Principal. Permission will normally be granted only at the request, in writing, of a parent or guardian. Absence from School without permission is a serious breach of School regulations. Punctuality Punctuality is essential to good time management. It is also a courtesy. Pupils are required to be in their form rooms by 8.40 am. Any pupil who arrives later than 8.45 am must report to the Office at Reception, and then inform her Form Teacher that she is present. Lateness for Registration 3 times or more in one month merits Detention. Pupils should arrive to class promptly. Uniform All girls are expected to wear appropriate School uniform and maintain high standards of appearance. Belongings Girls must provide a personal combination or key-operated padlock for their locker. If a key operated type is chosen, the pupil should carry her locker key at all times. Problems with lockers should be reported immediately to Reception. Girls must not carry school bags around during the School day. They must be left in lockers, not corridors. Money and articles of value must not be left in cloakrooms, changing rooms or school bags. All books, bags, articles of clothing and footwear should be marked clearly with the owner's name. Homework Homework must be completed and handed in on time. If unable to complete their homework, girls should bring a note of explanation from a parent/guardian. Behaviour A high standard of behaviour is expected of girls when in uniform (including travelling to and from School), during the School day and when participating in any School-related educational activity. Smoking, drinking alcohol and drug-taking are forbidden by any girl in School, in School uniform and on School occasions or visits. Parents/Guardians are responsible for wilful damage to School premises or property committed by pupils. If brought to School, mobile phones are the full responsibility of the pupil and should not be seen in School. Pupils using mobile phones inappropriately will be asked to take their phone to the School Office immediately. The School Office will issue the pupil with a slip and attempt to contact the relevant parent to inform them of the situation. The class teacher will log the incident in Behaviour Management. It is the responsibility of the pupil to collect the phone at the end of the School day. Mobile phones are not permitted in examination centres during examinations. Photographs must never be taken in School unless a teacher has given permission and is present and pupils have their parental permission to have photographs taken. General Pupils travelling on buses must wear seatbelts where they are available. For safety reasons, girls should always use the pedestrian routes when moving between School buildings and avoid crossing the car park. Senior girls who drive to School must not bring vehicles into the School grounds without permission from the Principal. Drinking water is available for girls at all times. If girls wish to bring their own drinks to School, only mineral water is permitted. Medical appointments should be arranged outside School hours when possible. Any pupil who misses registration for a medical or dental appointment will be marked with a special code and attendance may be affected. If an unavoidable appointment takes place during the School day, a written request should be given to the form teacher in advance. If approved, a pink slip must be collected from Reception at break or lunchtime to show to each teacher of classes missed. The teachers will sign this. If any pupil is ill, she should inform her teacher who will fill in a yellow form and send her, if appropriate, to a First Aid member of staff. No pupil may go home without permission from staff. Lost items should be reported to your form teacher. Lost Property is opened twice per week at the times posted on the door of the Reprographics Room.

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Uniform Regulations COMPULSORY ITEMS YEARS 8-12 Winter and Spring Blazer Bloomfield Collegiate School blazer Skirt

Regulation bottle-green skirt with two box pleats to front and two box pleats to the back The skirt must not be worn any shorter than 11cms above the ground when the pupil is kneeling (the depth of a business envelope).

Blouse

Long-sleeved regulation striped blouse The blouse must be worn tucked into skirt and with top button in.

Sweater

Regulation V-neck bottle-green sweater

Tie

Regulation Bloomfield Collegiate School tie The tie must be worn properly knotted and at the appropriate length.

Socks/tights

Plain bottle-green knee socks or plain bottle-green tights (40 denier or more)

Outdoor Wear Jacket Regulation bottle-green rainproof jacket (not fleece-lined) The jacket may not be worn as a substitute for the school blazer. Scarf

Regulation Bloomfield Collegiate School scarf

Schoolbag

Dark colour and waterproof – see Section 3: Additional Notes

Gloves

Bottle-green, navy or black

Umbrella

Bottle-green, navy, black or silver

SUMMER ALTERNATIVE - ALL YEAR GROUPS Regulation short-sleeved school blouses may be worn in the summer term and until the end of September. COMPULSORY ITEMS YEARS 13-14 Winter and Spring Blazer Bloomfield Collegiate School Sixth Form blazer Skirt

Regulation bottle-green straight skirt with kick pleat to back The skirt must not be worn any shorter than 11cms above the ground when the pupil is kneeling (the depth of a business envelope).

Blouse

Long-sleeved regulation striped blouse The blouse must be worn tucked into skirt and with top button in.

Sweater

Regulation V-neck bottle-green sweater with the option of regulation V-neck bottle-green cardigan

Tie

Regulation Bloomfield Collegiate School Sixth Form tie The tie must be worn properly knotted and at the appropriate length.

Socks/tights

Plain bottle-green knee socks or plain bottle-green tights (40 denier or more)

Outdoor Wear Jacket Regulation bottle-green rainproof jacket (not fleece-lined) The jacket may not be worn as a substitute for the school blazer. Scarf

Regulation Bloomfield Collegiate School Sixth Form scarf

Schoolbag

Dark colour and waterproof – see Section 3: Additional Notes

Gloves

Bottle-green, navy or black

Umbrella

Bottle-green, navy, black or silver 6


Uniform Regulations PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND GAMES Compulsory items – all Year Groups · Kukri BCS polo shirt · Kukri BCS skort · Kukri BCS bottle-green tracksuit bottoms (must be worn zipped up) · Kukri BCS royal-blue and bottle-green hoodie · Kukri BCS shorts · regulation knee length blue sports socks · 1 pair non-marking laced training shoes · hockey stick (required for September) · shin guards (required for September) · mouth guard (required for September) · one piece swimsuit and swimming cap in any colour - Year 8 · tennis racquet (required for Summer Term) Summary of PE Uniform items for particular sports Hockey

Netball

Gymnastics

Tennis

Athletics

Dance

Polo shirt, Skort Socks Trainers Tracksuit bottoms Hoodie Hockey stick Mouth guard Shin guard

Polo shirt Skort Trainers Tracksuit bottoms Hoodie

Polo shirt Shorts

Polo shirt Skort Trainers Tennis racquet

Polo shirt Shorts Trainers

Polo shirt Skort Trainers

Non-compulsory Items · regulation team playing shirt · regulation smock top · regulation athletics vest Sports equipment and clothing must be named, carried in a sports bag and kept inside lockers. Unless special permission has been granted, sports items should only be worn during PE or Games sessions. However, should a pupil be going home directly after a sporting activity, she must wear either full school uniform or full PE kit (including track suit bottoms). Members of the PE staff will be happy to provide advice to parents about the purchase of sports equipment. SHOES – ALL YEAR GROUPS Shoes must be plain, matt black leather shoes with non-marking soles. The heel should not exceed four centimetres measured at the back of the heel and be the full width of the shoe for the duration of the heel. Flimsy soles, kitten heels, pumps, high heels, wedges, canvas shoes, open toes and other fashion shoes are not permitted. Shoes must fit securely to the foot; in more open styles, a strap over the instep is expected. Trainers must not be worn except for PE related activities. OFFICIAL OUTFITTERS Parents are requested to obtain articles of uniform from the official outfitters, listed below, as they have undertaken to conform in all respects with the School’s requirements. 02890701444

Podium 4 Sport, 40 Montgomery Road, Belfast PE Kit only (including optional items) Warnock’s Limited, 791-793 Lisburn Road, Belfast Alan Espey, 33 High Street, Newtownards Gowdy Limited, 121 - 127 Woodstock Road, Belfast Roberts Schoolwear, 24 Central Avenue, Bangor Mr D. Crawford, 1 Conway Square, Newtownards

028 9038 1828 028 9181 4789 028 9045 9052 028 9127 0516 (mob) 07801 343 505 Email schoolwear@hotmail.com www.dcrawfordschoolwear.co.uk 7


Transport Information Bloomfield Collegiate is convenient to a wide range of Translink Bus Services which travel along the Upper Newtownards Road, King’s Road and Sandown Road. A Special Bus is provided for pupils travelling from Comber, both in the morning and afternoon. There are Special Buses provided for Bangor and Newtownards in the afternoon only. The arrangements for these are:

NEWTOWNARDS

COMBER

BANGOR

8.00 a.m. The Square 3.30 p.m. Knockhill Park (back entrance of the school)

3.30 p.m. Bus stop (Ballyhackamore)

3.25 p.m. Bus stop (beside Astoria Gardens)

There are frequent Service Buses available from nearby bus stops at Ballyhackamore, Sandown Road and King’s Road. Out of town to: Dundonald, Ballybeen, Mann’s Corner, Gilnahirk, Newtownards, Comber, Portaferry, Millisle There is also a regular bus service into town. Translink Bus Timetables are available for reference in Reception if a pupil has any query about Service Buses. Translink staff are available on the following telephone numbers to answer individual questions: Newtownards Comber Bangor

028 91 812391 028 90 232355 028 91 271143

Fees - School Year 2011/12 The school makes a small charge each year as a contribution towards the costs of ingredients, components and materials used in some practical subjects. The fee for each year group is detailed below. Year

Art

8 9 10 11 12 13 14

£17 £17 £17 £22 £22 £22 £22

Home Technology Economics and Design £12 £15 £20 £30 £30 £20 £20

School Magazine

ICT Consumables

Transport/ Minibus

Games

£6 £6 £6 £6 £6 £6 £6

£20 £20 £20 £20 £20 £20 £20

£10 £10 £10 £10 £10 £10 £10

£10 £10 £10 £10 £10 £10 £10

£15 £15 £20 £25 £25 £25 £25

Art, Home Economics, Games, Technology and Design charges only apply if a pupil studies or participates in the subject. Year 8 - Bloomfield Special Projects Fund Contribution

£252.00 per annum

MUSIC DEPARTMENT Tuition Fee (Payable directly to the Tutor) Hire of Instrument (Payable to the School)

ranges from £240 (joint lessons) to £405.00 (single lesson) per annum £55.00 per annum

Adequate notice, in writing, must be given of the intention to withdraw from music tuition. Contributions to Bloomfield Special Projects Fund are made and accepted as Voluntary Contributions. 8


Charging and Remissions Policy (summary) The Education Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 introduces new restrictions on charging in schools with effect from 1 April 1992. The new rules are based on four guiding principles: -

to maintain the right to free education; to ensure that activities offered by schools wholly or mainly during timetabled hours are available to all pupils without charge; to highlight the Board of Governors discretion to charge for optional extras provided wholly or mainly outside school hours; to enable schools to invite voluntary contributions from parents.

These rules are complex and this section provides only a summary of the charging and remissions policies determined by the Board of Governors. Full policy statements may be examined on request. There are now six situations in which the Board of Governors can levy a compulsory charge on parents: -

for individual music tuition which parents have requested; for optional extras provided it takes place wholly or mainly outside the school day and the parents have agreed to their child's participation; for materials or ingredients used in practical subjects where parents have indicated in advance that they wish to own the finished article; for board and lodgings for pupils on any residential trip; for wasted public examination fees if a pupil fails to meet the examination requirements; for trips organised by an external third party.

The legislation enables the Board of Governors to invite parents to make voluntary contributions towards educational activities for which charges cannot be levied compulsorily. The Board of Governors is required by law to make it clear to parents that: a.

there is no obligation to make any contribution, and

b.

that pupils will not be treated differently according to whether or not their parents have made any contribution in response to the request.

In its remissions policy the Board of Governors excludes parents who are receiving income support or family credit from board and lodging charges for two types of residential trip: firstly those considered to fall 'within' school hours, and secondly those which are deemed 'outside' school hours but required by a prescribed public examination or the Common Curriculum. The new legislation enables the Board of Governors to take legal proceedings against parents for debts resulting from agreed optional extras, board and lodging charges, or wasted examination fees. The Board of Governors may ask parents to pay for the cost of their child's carelessness or vandalism.

Access to Documents and Information Details of the educational provision made by the school for its pupils and any syllabuses followed by those pupils are available from the Principal on request. Copies of information which schools are required to keep under the Education Reform (NI) Order 1989 are available to entitled or responsible persons on written request to the Principal. Copies of the school’s Anti-bullying, Child Protection and School Citizenship and Positive Behaviour Policy are available to parents/guardians of registered pupils on request to the Principal’s Secretary. A publication scheme has been produced for information available under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. A charge, not exceeding the cost of supply, may be made for the provision of such information.

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Public Examination Results 2010/2011 GCSE RESULTS - YEAR 12 PUPILS Number of Pupils in Year 12 Number with a statement of special education needs

106 1

% Entered for 7 or more subjects % Entered for 5 or more subjects % Entered for 1-4 subjects % Achieving 7 or more Grades A*-C % Achieving 5 or more Grades A*-C % Achieving 1-4 Grades A*-C % Achieving 5 or more Grades A*- G % Achieving 1-4 Grades A*- G % Achieving no Grades A*- G

99.1 99.1 0.9 94.34 98.11 1.9 99.1 0.9 0

ADVANCED LEVEL RESULTS YEAR 13 AND YEAR 14 PUPILS Number of Pupils in Years 13 &14 179 Number with a statement of special education needs 0 AS EXAMINATIONS Number of Pupils in Final Year of AS Course % of Those Pupils Achieving 1 or more at Grades A-E

90 100

ADVANCED EXAMINATIONS 2009/10 Number of Pupils in Final Year of A Level Course % of Those Pupils Achieving 3 or more passes at Grades A-C % of Those Pupils Achieving 2 or more passes at Grades A-E % of Those Pupils Achieving 1 or more passes at Grades A-E

89 77.53 100 100

2010/11 91 82.42 100 100

Performance in Public Examinations1 2007/08-2010/11- Grammar Schools Performance Indicator

% Achieving 5+ GCSEs at Grades A*-C (or equivalent)2 % Achieving 7+ GCSEs at Grades A*-C (or equivalent)2 % Achieving 3+ A-levels at Grades A-C (or equivalent)2 % Achieving 2+ A-levels at Grades A-E (or equivalent)2

2007/8 N.I. BCS Average 97 96

2008/9 N.I. BCS Average 98 97

2

2010/11 N.I. BCS Average 98 97

95

91

96

92

91

92

94

92

69

74

59

75

78

78

82

77

97

99

99

100

100

100

100

99

BCS - Pupils from Bloomfield Collegiate School 1

2009/10 N.I. BCS Average 95 97

Excludes pupils with statements of special educational needs. Figures include all equivalent qualifications. 10


GCSE Examinations 2010/11

Art & Design Biology Chemistry Design and Technology English Language & Lit. English Literature French Geography German History Home Economics Home Economics: Child Devt Information Technology Mathematics Additional Mathematics Music Physics Religious Studies Spanish Sport/PE Studies Total number entered 2010/11 Total % 2009/10 Total %

Number Entered 27 79 72 31

% Grade A* 37 11.4 16.7 3.2

% Grade A 29.6 30.4 31.9 32.3

% Grade B 22.2 31.6 30.6 48.4

% Grade C 11.1 26.6 15.3 16.1

% Grade D 0 0 2.8 0

% Grade E 0 0 2.8 0

% Grade F 0 0 0 0

% Grade AA 0 0 0 0

% Grade U 0 0 0 0

106 103 36 47 25 52 12

1.9 11.7 36.1 6.4 0 38.5 0

44.3 36.9 25 42.6 24 40.4 8.3

39.6 33 22.2 34 28 17.3 50

13.2 16.5 13.9 12.8 28 1.9 25

0.9 1.9 0 2.1 16 1.9 16.7

0 0 2.8 2.1 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 4 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

22

0

31.8

31.8

36.4

0

0

0

0

0

63 26 106 17 56 104 38 9 1031

25.4 38.5 16 0 12.5 20.2 15.8 11.1

57.1 34.6 23.6 23.5 32.1 42.3 26.3 0

9.5 15.4 39.6 41.2 25 23.1 21.1 22.2

7.9 11.5 18.9 17.6 21.4 8.7 15.8 11.1

0 0 0.9 11.8 7.1 5.8 21.1 33.3

0 0 0.9 5.9 0 0 0 11.1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.1

0 0 0 0 1.8 0 0 0

15.5 12.1

34.9 31.7

29.5 28.3

15.5 19.4

3.59 6.51

0.68 1.28

0.1 0.1

0.1 0.2

0.1 0.3

A-Level Examinations 2010/11

Art & Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry Design and Technology English Literature French Geography History Home Economics Information Technology Mathematics Media Film and TV Studies Music Physics Politics Religious Studies Spanish Sport/PE Studies Total number entered 2010/11 Total % 2009/10 Total %

Number Entered 7 25 25 19 9 18 6 22 29 7 23 16 17 3 7 17 18 3 6 277

% Grade A* 14.3 12 8 5.3 0 11.1 0 0 13.8 0 13 18.8 0 0 0 29.4 5.6 0 0

% Grade A 71.4 28 12 26.3 22.2 11.1 33.3 54.5 48.3 28.6 26.1 50 41.2 33.3 42.9 29.4 44.4 33.3 66.7

% Grade B 0 36 28 36.8 0 33.3 66.7 22.7 24.1 42.9 30.4 18.8 35.3 66.7 14.3 35.3 27.8 66.6 16.7

% Grade C 14.3 16 32 21.1 55.6 33.3 0 9.1 6.9 28.6 17.4 12.5 23.5 0 28.6 0 16.7 0 16.7

9.0 11.4

35.0 30.9

29.2 27.8

18.1 20.1

11

% Grade D 0 0 20 5.3 22.2 11.1 0 13.6 3.4 0 8.7 0 0 0 0 5.9 5.6 0 0 6.5 6.2

% Grade E 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.4 0 4.3 0 0 0 14.3 0 0 0 0 1.8 2.9

% Grade U 0 0 0 5.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 0.7


AS-Level Examinations 2010/11

Art & Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry Design & Technology Drama English Literature French Geography German Health & Social Care History Home Economics ICT Mathematics Media Studies Music Physics Politics Religious Studies Spanish PE Total number entered 2010/11 Total % 2009/10 Total %

Number Entered

% Grade A

% Grade B

% Grade C

% Grade D

% Grade E

% Ungraded

11 21 31 15 13 1 21 11 16 5 10 31 5 34 17 19 3 19 17 15 5 4 324

63.6 23.8 32.3 33.3 7.7 0 23.8 45.5 56.3 20 10 67.7 0 35.3 41.2 15.8 0 21.1 29.4 73.3 20 0

18.2 9.5 25.8 26.7 46.2 0 33.3 27.3 31.3 40 10 16.1 60 23.5 11.8 36.8 33.3 36.8 35.3 20 40 75

18.2 28.6 29 13.3 38.5 100 33.3 18.2 6.3 20 30 12.9 40 20.6 35.3 31.6 33.3 5.3 23.5 20 0

0 14.3 6.5 13.3 7.7 0 9.5 0 0 0 20 0 0 8.8 5.9 10.5 33.3 5.3 11.8 6.7 20 25

0 14.3 3.2 6.6 0 0 0 0 6.3 0 20 3.2 0 5.9 5.9 0 0 21.1 0 0 0 0

0 9.5 3.2 6.6 0 0 0 9.1 0 20 10 0 0 5.9 0 5.3 0 10.5 0 0 0 0

35.80 36.3

25.93 33.7

22.21 13.4

7.42 11.4

4.94 3.3

3.7 1.9

Key Stage 3 Teacher Assessment 2010/11 Percentage of pupils in the final year of key stage 3 Achieving Level

Level 5 or above

Level 6 or above

BCS

99.1

97.2

N.I.

77.5

50.8

BCS

99.1

96.3

N.I.

75.7

49.5

ENGLISH

Teacher Assessed Subject Level

MATHEMATICS

Teacher Assessed Subject Level

BCS

-

Pupils from Bloomfield Collegiate School

N.I.

-

Northern Ireland Summary

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Admissions Criteria - Year 8 To Parents/Guardians naming Bloomfield Collegiate School (“the School”) as a preference on your child’s Transfer Form. Entrance Test Results Please ensure that you provide the following information on Section C of your child’s Transfer Form: The School will initially consider candidates who have taken the Common Entrance Assessment [CEA] provided by the Association for Quality Education [AQE]. The score in the AQE CEA should be entered in Section C of the Transfer Form in the following format: ‘AQE CEA score’ followed by the score as notified to you by AQE. Special Circumstances If you are making a claim for your child to be considered under Special Circumstances please note that you should: Complete Form SC11, available from the School or from AQE and attach it with appropriate documentary evidence to the Transfer Form. (Refer to Section 3 “SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES” below for details of appropriate documentary evidence.) Special Provisions If you are making a claim for your child to be considered under Special Provisions please note that you should: Contact the School as soon as possible. Complete Form SC11, available from the School or from AQE and attach it with appropriate documentary evidence to the Transfer Form. For those pupils whose parents wish them to transfer from schools outside Northern Ireland, application for Special Provisions should be made by 19th April 2012.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY OF PUPILS INTO YEAR 8 IN SEPTEMBER 2012

Definitions “applicant” means the parent or guardian who completes and signs the application form/Transfer Form on behalf of the candidate; “child of the family” will mean individuals who have both parents in common or children who reside with the same family at the candidate's normal home address (including foster children and step brothers and sisters living with the candidate at her normal home address); “candidate” means the child who is stated on the application form/Transfer Form as seeking to gain admission to the School; “entitled to Free School Meals” will mean candidates who, at the date on which they have signed their post-primary Transfer Form, or at any date up to and including 9 May 2012, have communicated within their application that they are listed on the Education and Library Board/Education and Skills Authority register as entitled to Free School Meals. “mother” will mean a person who at the date of application has legal responsibility for the candidate; “normal home address” will mean the candidate’s permanent home address at the time the application form is being completed. This should be where the parent and candidate live and where the candidate spends the majority of the School week (Monday to Friday including nights). Where the candidate lives with parents with shared responsibility, it is for the parents to determine which address is to be used; “parent” will mean a person who at the date of application has legal responsibility for the candidate;

1. 1.1

INTRODUCTION Bloomfield Collegiate School (the School) is a grammar school for girls offering a wide-ranging curriculum of academic courses. The School will initially consider those candidates who have taken the Common Entrance Assessment [CEA] provided by the Association for Quality Education [AQE] and who have been awarded a result in the form of an overall score. The School will use this ‘score’ as notified to parents by AQE, subject only to consideration by the Board of Governors of those pupils claiming Special Circumstances or Special Provisions, as explained in Sections 3 & 4 below. 13


Admissions Criteria - Year 8 The score in the AQE CEA should be entered in Section C of the Transfer Form in the following format: ‘AQE CEA score’, followed by the score as notified to parents by AQE. This information will be verified by the School with AQE. Information regarding the CEA is available from School or on the AQE website (www.aqe.org.uk). 1.2

The School will not use the position of preference given to it on the Transfer Form as a criterion for admission. Therefore, an applicant who has chosen Bloomfield Collegiate as a second or subsequent preference School will not be distinguished from first preference applicants.

1.3

Girls resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission will be selected before those not so resident.

1.4

The School’s Admission Number is currently 100.

2. ADMISSIONS CRITERIA 2.1

The first 85 places from the School’s Admission Number will be allocated to candidates on the basis of the rank order of their respective CEA scores; those achieving higher scores being allocated places before those with lower scores. If several candidates are eligible for the 85th place because they have equal scores, then all such candidates will be allocated places up to the School’s Admission Number, using the criteria in section 2.4, if necessary.

2.2

Following the allocation of places as described in 2.1, and subject to the School’s Admission Number not being reached, a pool of 25 candidates will be identified by rank order of their CEA scores, with those achieving the highest scores being allocated to the pool. If several candidates are eligible for the 25th place in this pool because they have equal scores, then all such candidates will be allocated to the pool. Candidates from this pool, irrespective of their CEA scores, will be allocated the remaining places within the School’s Admission Number using the criteria in section 2.4.

2.3

If, following application of sections 2.1 and 2.2, all the available places within the School’s Admission Number have not been filled, the School will consider candidates who have not taken the CEA. Allocation of any such remaining places will be made by applying the criteria in section 2.4.

2.4

If the number of applications exceeds the number of available places, then the following criteria shall apply in the order stated below. (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii)

(ix)

Candidates who have attended the School’s Preparatory Department. Candidates with a child of the family enrolled in the School as of 1 September 2011 or accepted for enrolment in September 2012. Candidates who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSME). Candidates who have a parent employed by the School. Candidates who are the eldest or only girl in the family (details to be supplied). Candidates with a child of the family enrolled in Yrs 8-14 at Campbell College or RBAI as of 1 September 2011 or accepted for enrolment in September 2012 (details to be supplied). Candidates with a mother or child of the family who was, but is no longer, as of 1 September 2011, a pupil in the School (name and dates of attendance to be supplied). If, after all the criteria 2.4(i) to 2.4(vii) have been exhausted, there is a number of candidates who have equal claim to remaining places of the School’s Admission Number then those places will be allocated on the basis of the rank order of their respective scores; those achieving higher scores being allocated places before those with lower scores. If more than one candidate is eligible for the final place priority will be given to the candidate whose home is closer to the School. (Distance will be measured in a straight line using an Ordnance Survey web distance measurement tool from the candidate’s normal home address to the School’s front gate).

It is the responsibility of applicants to notify the School on the Transfer Form where the above criteria apply and to furnish relevant details. DUTY TO VERIFY The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application form/Transfer Form.

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Admissions Criteria - Year 8 Please note that Department of Education guidance (Circular 2011/20) states: “The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the Transfer/Application Form. If you state within your application that your child is currently registered as Free School Meal Entitled, and that claim is decisive in qualifying her for admission, then that information will be verified. If it is found to be incorrect, then any place offered because of it will be withdrawn”.

3.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

3.1

Bloomfield Collegiate School has academic performance as its first criterion, subject only to the consideration of medical or other problems which may have affected performance in the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) and which are supported by documentary evidence of a medical or other appropriate nature. These ‘medical or other problems’ are commonly referred to as ‘special circumstances’. Please note, if a claim for the consideration of Special Circumstances is made in respect of matters for which Special Access arrangements is granted for a candidate, the School will take into account the fact that the candidate was granted Special Access arrangements for those matters. Parents who wish to apply to the School under Special Circumstances should complete Form SC11 obtainable from the School or AQE, and attach it with appropriate documentary evidence to the Transfer Form, as detailed below:

Details of Medical or Other Problems Where it is claimed that a candidate’s performance in the CEA has been affected by a medical or other problem, it is the responsibility of the parents to set out in the Form SC11 precise details of the problem and append evidence to corroborate its existence. Where the problem is a medical one of short term duration which affected the candidate only at the time of the CEA, the School will require documentary evidence that the candidate was examined by a qualified medical practitioner in relation to the illness at the time of the relevant assessment, or an explanation as to why this evidence is not available. Where the problem is of a non-medical nature the parents should append appropriate evidence. Parents are advised that in all cases independent evidence is likely to carry greater weight than evidence that is not of an independent nature.

Educational Evidence It is the responsibility of applicants to provide educational evidence as detailed in Form SC11. This should include, where they exist: a)

the score achieved in the AQE CEA;

b)

the results for the candidate of any standardised tests conducted in Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7 of primary school and the results in any end of year tests in English and Mathematics in Years 5 and 6; and

c)

additional comparative information, which has been verified, from the candidate’s primary school and which should include the results, without names, for other pupils in the candidate’s Year 7 class of any standardised tests conducted in Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7, the results in any end of year tests in English and Mathematics in Years 5 and 6 and, where available, the respective CEA scores.

3.2

A panel of Governors will consider the application for Special Circumstances. Where Special Circumstances are accepted, the panel will determine, on the basis of the information available, a score for the candidate. Such candidates will then be considered with all other candidates who have received a CEA score, applying the Admissions Criteria in section 2.

4.

SPECIAL PROVISIONS

4.1

Special provisions will apply for: a) b) c)

candidates whose parents wish them to transfer from schools outside Northern Ireland; candidates who have received more than half their primary education outside Northern Ireland; and candidates entered for the AQE CEA, who because of unforeseen and serious medical or other problems were unable to participate in any of the assessments. 15


Admissions Criteria - Year 8 Note: It is expected that, all those seeking admission should sit the AQE CEA with the exception of those candidates who take up residence in Northern Ireland after the start of Year 7. Parents who wish to apply to the School under Special Provisions should contact the School as soon as possible. In addition, they should complete Form SC11, obtainable from the School or AQE, stating the precise reason(s) why they believe the candidate is eligible for consideration under Special Provisions and provide appropriate documentary evidence. A copy of SC11 and all the documentary evidence should be attached to the Transfer Form. For those pupils whose parents wish them to transfer from schools outside Northern Ireland, applications for Special Provisions should be made before 19 April 2012.

4.2

A panel of Governors will consider the application for Special Provisions. Where Special Provisions are accepted, the following procedure will apply: a)

The School will also consider any other assessment information and may choose to commission an independent assessment of the pupil’s ability in English, Mathematics and/or Verbal Reasoning;

b)

A panel of Governors will determine, on the basis of all the available assessment information, a score for the candidate. Such candidates will then be considered with all other candidates who have received a CEA score, applying the Admissions Criteria in section 2.

Applications and Admissions Year

Admissions Number

Total Applications All Preferences

Total Admission

2009/10

100

174

101

2010/11

100

207

100

2011/12

100

186

100

Education and Library Boards Information about admissions to schools in their respective areas is published by the Education and Library Boards and is available from: Belfast Education & Library Board 40 Academy Street Belfast BT1 2NQ Tel: 028 9056 4000 North Eastern Education & Library Board 182 Galgorm Road Ballymena BT42 1HN Tel: 028 2565 3333

Southern Education and Library Board Charlemount Place The Mall Armagh BT61 9AZ Tel: 028 3751 2200 Western Education & Library Board 1 Hospital Road Omagh BT78 1BR Tel: 028 8241 1411

South Eastern Education & Library Board Grahamsbridge Road Dundonald Belfast BT16 0HS Tel: 028 9056 6200 16


Admissions Criteria - Years 9 - 11 1.

INTRODUCTION

1.1

Admission to any year group will be governed by the availability of places within that year group, class sizes (including practical class sizes), planned allocation and usage of staff, accommodation and other resources. The number of places available is at the discretion of the Principal.

1.2

Applicants who have registered on the waiting list will be invited by letter to sit a standardised test in the summer term. Bloomfield Collegiate School reserves the right to change the date of the test due to unforeseen circumstances.

2.

CRITERIA

2.1

The following criteria will be applied to determine the admission of pupils into Years 9 - 11.

2.2

Proven academic ability as demonstrated by achieving a score in Vocabulary and Mathematics on or above the national average (100) in a recognised standardised test sat at Bloomfield Collegiate School.

2.3

If the number of applications exceeds the number of available places, then the following criteria shall apply in the order stated: (i)

An applicant with a child of the family currently attending Bloomfield Collegiate School.

(ii) An applicant formerly enrolled in Bloomfield Collegiate School. (iii) An applicant who has a parent currently employed by Bloomfield Collegiate School. (iv) An applicant who has a brother currently enrolled in Campbell College Belfast or the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. (v) An applicant who has a sister or mother who was a pupil of Bloomfield Collegiate School. (vi) An applicant who has a brother formerly enrolled in Campbell College Belfast or the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. (vii) If, after all the criteria 2.3(i) to 2.3(vi) have been exhausted, there is a number of applicants who have equal claim to the remaining places then those places will be allocated on the basis of strict rank order of the standardised average test score; those achieving higher scores being allocated places before those with lower scores. (viii) If more than one applicant is eligible for the final place priority will be given to the applicant whose home is closer to the school. (Distance will be measured in a straight line using an Ordnance Survey web distance measurement tool from the candidate’s normal home address to the School’s front gate).

Direct entry into Year 12 or Year 14 will be at the discretion of the Principal.

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Admissions Criteria - Year 13 A. Internal Admissions to Bloomfield Collegiate School 1.

INTRODUCTION

1.1

This section applies to Bloomfield Collegiate School Year 12 pupils only.

1.2

Pupils must notify the School office by 1.00 p.m. on the day of publication of the GCSE results to advise that it is their intention to return to Year 13.

1.3

Pupils must study a minimum of 3 AS subjects or equivalent. Only one collaboration subject should be chosen and a maximum of two new subjects. For any subject they wish to study, pupils will normally be expected to have achieved at least a Grade B in GCSE, except where prior study is not a prerequisite. This includes subjects only offered at AS level.

2.

CRITERIA

2.1

The following criterion will be used to determine admission of Year 12 pupils into Year 13.

2.2

Pupils who obtain at least 10 points in their GCSE examinations. For the purpose of calculating an applicant’s score, Grade A*/A = 3 points, Grade B = 2 points and Grade C = 1 point. Short course GCSEs will be counted as half the points.

2.3

If the number of applications exceeds the number of available places, then the following criteria shall apply in the order stated:

3. 3.1

(i)

Places will be allocated in strict rank order of the applicant’s GCSE scores as defined above, those achieving higher scores being allocated places before those with lower scores.

(ii)

If more than one applicant is eligible for the final place priority will be given to the applicant whose home is closer to the school. (Distance will be measured in a straight line using an Ordnance Survey web distance measurement tool from the candidate’s normal home address to the School’s front gate).

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES In the case of a Bloomfield Collegiate School pupil whose performance in the GCSE examinations may have been affected by extreme medical or other circumstances, which were not taken into account during the examination period under special access or special consideration, the School’s Special Circumstances Committee will consider whether it is appropriate to offer a place to repeat Year 12.

B

External Admissions to Bloomfield Collegiate School

1.

INTRODUCTION

1.1

This section applies to all pupils who are not currently enrolled in Year 12 in Bloomfield Collegiate School.

1.2

Those wishing to be considered for a place must complete an application form, available from the School, and return it by 1.00 p.m. on the day of publication of the GCSE results. The School must be notified of GCSE results, by telephoning the School office before 1.00 p.m. on the date of the publication of the GCSE results.

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Admissions Criteria - Year 13 1.3

Applicants who meet criterion 2.3 will be invited for an interview to discuss potential subject options and a career path.

1.4

Pupils must study a minimum of 3 AS subjects. Only one collaboration subject should be chosen and a maximum of two new subjects. For any subject they wish to take to study, pupils will normally be expected to have achieved at least a Grade B in GCSE, except where prior study is not a prerequisite. This includes subjects only offered at AS level.

2.

CRITERIA

2.1

The following criteria will be applied to determine the admission of pupils into Year 13.

2.2

Bloomfield Collegiate pupils who meet the criteria under Internal Admissions will be offered a place first.

2.3

Applicants who have obtained at least 10 points in their GCSE examinations. For the purpose of calculating an applicant’s score, Grade A*/A = 3 points, Grade B = 2 points and Grade C = 1 point. Short course GCSEs will be counted at half the points.

2.4

If the number of applications exceeds the number of available places, then the following criteria shall apply in the order stated: (i)

An applicant with a child of the family currently attending Bloomfield Collegiate School.

(ii)

An applicant formerly enrolled in Bloomfield Collegiate School.

(iii)

An applicant who has a parent currently employed by Bloomfield Collegiate School.

(iv)

An applicant who has a brother currently enrolled in Campbell College or the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

(v) (vi)

An applicant who has a sister or mother who was a pupil of Bloomfield Collegiate School. An applicant who has a brother formerly enrolled in Campbell College or the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

(vii)

If, after all the criteria 2.4(i) to 2.4(vi) have been exhausted, there is a number of applicants who have equal claim to the remaining places then those places will be allocated in strict rank order of the applicant’s GCSE scores as defined above, those achieving higher scores being allocated places before those with lower scores.

(viii)

If more than one applicant is eligible for the final place priority will be given to the applicant whose home is closer to the school. (Distance will be measured in a straight line using an Ordnance Survey web distance measurement tool from the candidate’s normal home address to the School’s front gate). (The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application form)

The information in this prospectus is accurate at the time of publication - January 2012. The Board of Governors reserve the right to make any changes necessary for the smooth running of the school and in the best interests of the pupils. 19


Please contact us if you require any further information or visit our school website

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